The Truth About Cars » PR http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:18:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars » PR http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/category/news-blog/pr/ Shanghai 2015: Volvo S60L T6 Twin Engine Ready For The Spotlight http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/shanghai-2015-volvo-s60l-t6-twin-engine-ready-spotlight/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/shanghai-2015-volvo-s60l-t6-twin-engine-ready-spotlight/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 10:00:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1045066 Debuting alongside the XC90 Excellence at the 2015 Shanghai Auto Show, the Volvo S60L T6 Twin Engine PHEV brings hybrid power to the Sino-Swede party. The S60L Twin Engine will arrive in Chinese showrooms from Volvo’s plant in Chengdu April 22, and is powered by a Drive-E 2-liter four up front with a 50-kW electric […]

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Debuting alongside the XC90 Excellence at the 2015 Shanghai Auto Show, the Volvo S60L T6 Twin Engine PHEV brings hybrid power to the Sino-Swede party.

The S60L Twin Engine will arrive in Chinese showrooms from Volvo’s plant in Chengdu April 22, and is powered by a Drive-E 2-liter four up front with a 50-kW electric motor on the rear axle; the latter is fed by “an energy-optimized” 11.2 kWH lithium-ion pack. Total output comes to 306 horses and 406 lb-ft of torque, and range tops out at 33 miles in electric-only travel.

Volvo says that the PHEV’s green credentials allows would-be owners to bypass the standard license-plate process — lotteries and auctions — in cities such as Shanghai, where the car “fulfills the relevant environmental regulations.”

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2016 Cadillac ELR Drops In Price, Gains In Power http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/2016-cadillac-elr-drops-price-gains-power/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/2016-cadillac-elr-drops-price-gains-power/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:19:51 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1044866 The Cadillac ELR may be heading off into the sunset soon, but the premium PHEV still has a few tricks left up its sleeve. After federal tax credits, the 2016 ELR will start with a price of $58,495, just nearly $18,000 less than the original price tag of $75,000 when it first hit showrooms in […]

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The Cadillac ELR may be heading off into the sunset soon, but the premium PHEV still has a few tricks left up its sleeve.

After federal tax credits, the 2016 ELR will start with a price of $58,495, just nearly $18,000 less than the original price tag of $75,000 when it first hit showrooms in late 2013.

For that starting price, new ELR owners will also benefit from a few upgrades over the MY 2014 and 2015 editions, one of which is an improved Sport driving mode. The improved mode — part of the optional Performance Package — helps push the PHEV from 0-60 in 6.4 seconds, 1.5 seconds faster than the recent model; top speed comes to 106 mph, 130 mph with the aforementioned package.

The ELR’s hybrid system gets a makeover, as well, with a new lithium-ion pack capable of 17.1 kWh of capacity that’s good for 39 miles of electric-only travel; the Performance Package option knocks that range down to 35 miles. Overall power from the system, which pairs the pack with a 1.4-liter gasoline engine — comes to 233 horses and 373 lb-ft of torque, while total range falls 10 miles to 330 miles. Recharge time takes around five hours when plugged into a 240-volt charger.

Other features include the aforementioned Performance Package, which adds 20-inch wheels and summer-only tires mounted over Brembo brakes and vented rotors as well as the new Sport mode, and improvements to the ELR’s electric power steering and continuous damping control; OnStar with 4G LTE; three USB ports; 8-inch configurable driver instrument and information displays; magnetic inductive charging for passengers’ smartphones; standard Wi-Fi; and on-demand regenerative braking.

Per Cadillac CEO Johan de Nysschen via AutoGuide, the ELR won’t see a second generation, likely due to low sales; 1,310 left the lot in 2014, and 311 had been purchased or leased through the first three months of 2015.

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ChargePoint Bringing Charging To Condos, Apartments With New Service http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/chargepoint-bringing-charging-condos-apartments-new-service/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/chargepoint-bringing-charging-condos-apartments-new-service/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 12:00:47 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1044722 Live in a condo or an apartment and would drive a PHEV or an EV if only you could charge it? Charging-station producer ChargePoint might have the solution. The company’s Multifamily Home Service aims to bring charging stations to condominiums and apartment buildings that currently lack the facilities to charge a tenant’s electrified vehicle of […]

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Live in a condo or an apartment and would drive a PHEV or an EV if only you could charge it? Charging-station producer ChargePoint might have the solution.

The company’s Multifamily Home Service aims to bring charging stations to condominiums and apartment buildings that currently lack the facilities to charge a tenant’s electrified vehicle of choice. Property owners would foot the bill for installation of ChargePoint’s Level 2 charging station, as well as set the price for charging. In turn, the company will bill the tenants who subscribe a one-time activation fee and a monthly subscription fee; the tenant can also pay the property owner for charging via their ChargePoint account.

Finally, as the subscription service would last as long as the tenant resides in the building on a month-to-month basis, the service can be deactivated once the tenant moves out or replaces their electrified ride for one that doesn’t require a plug, and can be reactivated when a new tenant with a plug-in vehicle moves into the building.

As for how much it would cost to wire a parking stall for the service, or how much owners could charge for electricity, ChargePoint did not explain at this time.

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Chevrolet Spark EV Sees Price Drop, Bonus Cash For Base Model http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/chevrolet-spark-ev-sees-price-drop-bonus-cash-base-model/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/chevrolet-spark-ev-sees-price-drop-bonus-cash-base-model/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 11:00:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1044706 In the market for a 2015 Chevrolet Spark EV? Your wallet will still feel heavy after signing off on the paperwork for the base model. Chevrolet announced the price for the base Spark EV 1LT will be cut down $1,500 to $25,995, while leasing the EV gets an $80 drop to $139/month for 39 months […]

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In the market for a 2015 Chevrolet Spark EV? Your wallet will still feel heavy after signing off on the paperwork for the base model.

Chevrolet announced the price for the base Spark EV 1LT will be cut down $1,500 to $25,995, while leasing the EV gets an $80 drop to $139/month for 39 months with no money down upon signing; the down payment was $999.

In addition to the new lease and purchase figures, the brand is also throwing bonus cash on the hood, the amount varying depending on which of the three states — California, Maryland (as of this summer), Oregon — one happens to reside. The California bonus comes to $1,000 in addition to the state’s $2,500 rebate, while Oregonians receive $3,500 outright, and those in Maryland gain $1,200 on top of the state’s $2,300 excise tax exemption.

With the price cuts, bonus cash, state incentives, and the $7,500 federal tax credit, one could drive away from the lot having paid just $14,995 for the pleasure of bouncing around from the office park to the coffee shop and bakery in a vehicle meant to help General Motors come into compliance with fleet economy standards.

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Shanghai 2015: Volvo XC90 Excellence Ready For Debut http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/shanghai-2015-volvo-xc90-excellence-ready-debut/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/shanghai-2015-volvo-xc90-excellence-ready-debut/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 10:00:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1044602 Coming to the 2015 Shanghai Auto Show later this month, the Volvo XC90 Excellence is the Sino-Swede’s first foray into high-end luxury. Unlike the standard flagship XC90, the Excellence does away with having an extra three passengers and two back rows of seating. Instead, the two rear occupants will each have their own reclining seats […]

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Coming to the 2015 Shanghai Auto Show later this month, the Volvo XC90 Excellence is the Sino-Swede’s first foray into high-end luxury.

Unlike the standard flagship XC90, the Excellence does away with having an extra three passengers and two back rows of seating. Instead, the two rear occupants will each have their own reclining seats with massage functions, ventilated fabric, and plenty of leg room. They’ll also have access to a refrigerator with bottle and glass holders, heated/cooled cup holders, retractable touchscreens, folding tables, and handmade crystal glasses from Swedish glassmaker Orrefors.

Other luxury comforts include: Pirelli Noise Cancelling System tires; 19-speaker Bowers & Wilkins sound system; Volvo’s CleanZone climate system with ionic air cleaner; leather instrument panel and seats with Nubuck headliner; luggage compartment dividing screen; and passenger footrests.

Those who desire Swedish-style luxury — whether in Sweden, China, the United States, or other global locales — will be able to lease their XC90 Excellence beginning later this year, with digital ordering coming to select markets at the same time.

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Virginia Tech Transforms Corn Stover Into Hydrogen http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/virginia-tech-transforms-corn-stover-hydrogen/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/virginia-tech-transforms-corn-stover-hydrogen/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 12:00:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1043722 Just as corn kernels have found their way into gas tanks, corn stover could soon end up in fuel cells. A team of Virginia Tech researchers used previous research by Professor Percival Zhang and his team into xylose to turn corn stover — husks, stalks and cobs — into hydrogen through a genetic algorithm model […]

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Just as corn kernels have found their way into gas tanks, corn stover could soon end up in fuel cells.

A team of Virginia Tech researchers used previous research by Professor Percival Zhang and his team into xylose to turn corn stover — husks, stalks and cobs — into hydrogen through a genetic algorithm model to increase both enzymatic generation and breakdown rates by a factor of 10 and three, respectively.

The result is a reduction in both time, capital costs and facility size as far as hydrogen production goes. Lead author Joe Rollin — a former student of Zhang’s, who is also a co-founder with Rollin on a biofuel startup — says the new process can be carried out in a facility the size of a standard gas station, lowering one of the hurdles for widespread hydrogen production and distribution:

We believe this exciting technology has the potential to enable the widespread use of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles around the world and displace fossil fuels.

The project was partially funded by Shell’s GameChanger initiative, as well as the National Science Foundation’s Small Business Technology Transfer program, and was carried out by Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

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Citroën Aircross Concept Ready For Shanghai Debut http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/citroen-aircross-concept-ready-shanghai-debut/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/citroen-aircross-concept-ready-shanghai-debut/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 10:00:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1040857 Coming to the 2015 Shanghai Auto Show is the Citroën Aircross crossover concept, whose looks harken back to when designs took after jelly beans. The Audi Q5-sized PHEV rides on 22-inch wheels shod in custom Continental tires, and is motivated by a 1.6-liter turbo-four producing 218 horsepower and 203 lb-ft of torque, paired with an […]

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Coming to the 2015 Shanghai Auto Show is the Citroën Aircross crossover concept, whose looks harken back to when designs took after jelly beans.

The Audi Q5-sized PHEV rides on 22-inch wheels shod in custom Continental tires, and is motivated by a 1.6-liter turbo-four producing 218 horsepower and 203 lb-ft of torque, paired with an electric motor on the rear axle contributing an additional 95 horses and 147 lb-ft of torque; total output is 313 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque. Nil to 62 occurs in 4.5 seconds, electric-only range comes to 31 miles, and combined fuel economy is 166 mpg.

Part of the Aircross’ design includes so-called “Alloy Bumps,” which are meant to protect the Aircross from lateral impacts thanks to their motorsport-derived aluminum honeycomb structure. Meanwhile, the PHEV’s enhanced aero package — such as the “Air Signs” rear-window trim and “Air Curtains” air intakes up front — improve the concept’s aerodynamic profile beyond the initial design.

Inside, the driver is greeted by a pair of 12-inch panoramic HD screens “inspired by the worlds of fashion and modern furniture design,” one of which can be transferred from passenger to passenger via hand gestures. All occupants can also enjoy a pair of webcams mounted on either side of the cabin’s door frames, which can take photos of the outside world to be shared via social networking, as well as to gain information for use with the Aircross’ navigation system.

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Toyota Debuts New Turbo-Four For Auris Hatchback http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/toyota-debuts-new-turbo-four-auris-hatchback/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/toyota-debuts-new-turbo-four-auris-hatchback/#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2015 12:00:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1039281 A new option available to the Toyota Auris today, the automaker debuted the second turbocharged piece of its new engine family. The 8NR-FTS 1.2-liter turbo-four uses a single-scroll turbo paired with a cylinder head/water-cooler exhaust manifold combo to bring adaptive intake cooling to the motor no matter how hot things are. The setup delivers 114 […]

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A new option available to the Toyota Auris today, the automaker debuted the second turbocharged piece of its new engine family.

The 8NR-FTS 1.2-liter turbo-four uses a single-scroll turbo paired with a cylinder head/water-cooler exhaust manifold combo to bring adaptive intake cooling to the motor no matter how hot things are. The setup delivers 114 horses and 136 lb-ft of torque to the front of the small hatchback.

Other features include CVVT on the intake to enable use of the Atkinson cycle, and advanced direct injection with strong tumble flow inside the cylinder chamber for an improved air-fuel mixture.

Though the 1.2-liter is available now on the Auris, the Auris-based Scion iM won’t likely see the engine under its hood as a result of the brand’s single-trim, single-price scheme.

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SRT Boss Ralph Gilles Appointed To FCA Head Of Design, Executive Council http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/srt-boss-ralph-gilles-appointed-fca-head-design-executive-council/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/srt-boss-ralph-gilles-appointed-fca-head-design-executive-council/#comments Mon, 06 Apr 2015 13:00:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1039097 It’s official: FCA North American Design Office senior vice president and SRT CEO Ralph Gilles is now FCA’s Head of Design. Taking over from retiring design boss Lorenzo Ramaciotti, Gilles is now also a part of the automaker’s FCA Group Executive Council, led by CEO Sergio Marchionne. Gilles, of course, was in charge of Dodge […]

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It’s official: FCA North American Design Office senior vice president and SRT CEO Ralph Gilles is now FCA’s Head of Design.

Taking over from retiring design boss Lorenzo Ramaciotti, Gilles is now also a part of the automaker’s FCA Group Executive Council, led by CEO Sergio Marchionne.

Gilles, of course, was in charge of Dodge between 2009 and 2011, and served as SRT’s boss while helming FCA’s racing efforts, as well. He also styled the 2005 Chrysler 300, and led the design team behind the 2014 Dodge Viper SRT.

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SsangYong XAV Concept Debuts At 2015 Seoul Motor Show http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/ssangyong-xav-concept-debuts-2015-seoul-motor-show/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/ssangyong-xav-concept-debuts-2015-seoul-motor-show/#comments Mon, 06 Apr 2015 10:00:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1038905 While most of the eyes were on the latest and greatest debuting in New York, the SsangYong XAV concept SUV hit the ramp at the 2015 Seoul Motor Show. Power for the XAV — short for eXciting Authentic SUV — comes from a hybrid powertrain featuring a 1.6-liter engine paired to a so-called e-4WD system […]

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While most of the eyes were on the latest and greatest debuting in New York, the SsangYong XAV concept SUV hit the ramp at the 2015 Seoul Motor Show.

Power for the XAV — short for eXciting Authentic SUV — comes from a hybrid powertrain featuring a 1.6-liter engine paired to a so-called e-4WD system that places electric motors to the front and rear wheels, linked to a lithium-ion pack. No power figures were given for the setup.

SsangYong says the design for the concept is meant to evoke an “authentic” SUV experience, with strong masculine lines up front — also a retro design based on the automaker’s second-gen Korando; the first was a Jeep CJ-7 clone — and an equally strong backside with storage space for tools and emergency equipment, augmented by an oversized rear bumper.

Speaking of the Korando, the XAV is a preview of what the fourth-gen SUV could look like, and would join the smaller Tivoli in SsangYong’s collection as it and its parent company, Mahindra & Mahindra, look for a way to break into the North American market.

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New York 2015: 2016 Hyundai Tucson Revealed http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-2016-hyundai-tucson-revealed/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-2016-hyundai-tucson-revealed/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 20:38:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1036721 Here it is: the new face of the 2016 Hyundai Tucson, as revealed at the 2015 New York Auto Show The new look for the Tucson comes with LED lighting throughout the front, surrounding its new corporate grille. The wheelbase gains over an inch in length, LEDs can be found the door handles and taillights, […]

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Here it is: the new face of the 2016 Hyundai Tucson, as revealed at the 2015 New York Auto Show

The new look for the Tucson comes with LED lighting throughout the front, surrounding its new corporate grille. The wheelbase gains over an inch in length, LEDs can be found the door handles and taillights, and 19-inch alloys surround all corners for the first time in the crossover’s existence.

Power comes from a standard 2-liter four-cylinder pushing 164 horses and 151 lb-ft of torque through a six-speed automatic to the front or all four wheels with optional AWD, the latter due after the crossover’s showroom arrival.Fuel economy for the FWD version is estimated to be 23 mpg in the city, 31 mpg on the highway, and 26 mpg combined.

An optional 1.6-liter turbo-four — paired with a dual-clutch transmission — is available for Eco, Sport and Limited trims, bringing 175 horses and 195 lb-ft of torque to the Tucson. Economy figures range from 26 mpg city/33 mpg highway for the FWD Eco model, to 25 mpg city/30 mpg highway for the FWD Sport and Limited models.

The crossover’s interior takes its inspiration from the Hyundai Sonata, and includes leather-wrapped instrument panel, premium soft-touch materials, refined switchgear, and an available full-length panoramic sunroof. Cargo space is increased to 31 cubic feet, and the crossover is wider and longer overall with over an inch gained in the wheelbase.

Other features include: standard five-inch color LCD with rearview camera and touchscreen functionality; Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connected-vehicle technology; blind-spot detection; tire-pressure monitoring; Hyundai Blue Link; and extensive sound insulation and improved aerodynamics for reduced NVH levels.

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New York 2015: Honda Civic Concept Revealed http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-honda-civic-concept-revealed/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-honda-civic-concept-revealed/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 19:17:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1036593 Want to know what the 2016 Honda Civic will look like? The Honda Civic Concept is a sign of what’s to come. The 2016 Civic lineup will include sedan, coupe and five-door hatchback styles, with Si and Type R trims coming to the party. Power will include a VTEC 1.5-liter direct-injection turbo-four paired with either […]

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Want to know what the 2016 Honda Civic will look like? The Honda Civic Concept is a sign of what’s to come.

The 2016 Civic lineup will include sedan, coupe and five-door hatchback styles, with Si and Type R trims coming to the party. Power will include a VTEC 1.5-liter direct-injection turbo-four paired with either a six-speed manual or CVT.

Other upcoming features include Honda’s Honda Sensing safety suite, as well as improvements in NVH levels and fuel economy.

The sedan will be first to hit showrooms this fall, with the coupe and hatchback to follow. The hatch will be the only Civic not made in North America, being shipped from Honda’s factory in Swindon, England.

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New York 2015: 2016 GMC Terrain, Terrain Denali Debut http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-2016-gmc-terrain-terrain-denali-debut/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-2016-gmc-terrain-terrain-denali-debut/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 18:42:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1036361 The 2016 GMC Terrain and Terrain Denali made their debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show, the brand aiming to bolster its success in the compact SUV segment. Both models feature new front and rear designs, power dome hoods, LED daytime running lamps, and a couple of new colors: White Frost Tricoat and Crimson […]

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The 2016 GMC Terrain and Terrain Denali made their debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show, the brand aiming to bolster its success in the compact SUV segment.

Both models feature new front and rear designs, power dome hoods, LED daytime running lamps, and a couple of new colors: White Frost Tricoat and Crimson Red Tintcoat.

The overall Terrain range has been restructured to four trim levels — SL, SLE, SLT and Denali — with a number of features available depending on the trim chosen. The Denali model rides upon 19-inch aluminum wheels, and offers a smoother ride via dual-flow dampers exclusive to the model’s suspension system. The other models ride upon 18-inch aluminum wheels, and come with premium cloth or leather, and chrome accents for the higher end trims.

Power for the compact SUV comes from either a 2.4-liter direct-injection four or 3.6-liter V6, the latter putting out 301 horses and 272 lb-ft torque while also boosting trailering capability to 3,500 pounds. AWD is available for SLE, SLT and Denali models.

Other features include: GMC IntelliLink connected-vehicle system; programmable power liftgate; blind-zone alert; rear parking assist; forward collision alert; and MultiFlex sliding rear seat.

No pricing was announced at this time, but General Motors says the 2016 Terrain will hit the lot this fall.

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New York 2015: 2016 Kia Optima Arrives http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-2016-kia-optima-arrives/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-2016-kia-optima-arrives/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 17:55:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1036065 Coming on the heels of the Sportspace Concept, the 2016 Kia Optima made its global debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show. Two engines carried over from the outgoing model will join a third engine for the 2016 model year. The carry-overs are a 2.4-liter direct-injection naturally aspirated four and a 2-liter direct-injection turbo-four, […]

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Coming on the heels of the Sportspace Concept, the 2016 Kia Optima made its global debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show.

Two engines carried over from the outgoing model will join a third engine for the 2016 model year. The carry-overs are a 2.4-liter direct-injection naturally aspirated four and a 2-liter direct-injection turbo-four, delivering 185 horses and 247 horses through a six-speed automatic to the front. The third engine is a 1.6-liter turbo-four paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox found in the Hyundai Sonata Eco.

Inside, soft-touch materials, metallic accents, real stitching in the dash and door panels, and cloth or leather seating await occupants. Meanwhile, Kia’s UVO connected-vehicle system comes with four new features not previously found in the Optima, including curfew alert and geo-fencing. The Optima itself is the pilot vehicle for the brand’s introduction of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay systems, allowing iPhone and Android users to use their smartphones in conjunction with UVO.

Pricing wasn’t announced at this time, but Kia said to expect the 2016 Optima to hit showrooms in Q4 2015.

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New York 2015: Subaru STI Performance Concept Unveiled http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-subaru-sti-performance-concept-unveiled/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-subaru-sti-performance-concept-unveiled/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 16:33:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1035681 The BRZ of a few enthusiasts’ dreams, the Subaru STI Performance Concept was revealed at the 2015 New York Auto Show. Power for the performance division’s showcase comes from a 2-liter flat-four made for the Subaru BRZ Super GT race car, pumping out 350 horsepower to the back. Aggressive aero, braking, exhaust and chassis upgrades, […]

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The BRZ of a few enthusiasts’ dreams, the Subaru STI Performance Concept was revealed at the 2015 New York Auto Show.

Power for the performance division’s showcase comes from a 2-liter flat-four made for the Subaru BRZ Super GT race car, pumping out 350 horsepower to the back. Aggressive aero, braking, exhaust and chassis upgrades, and suspension enhancements complete the package.

As for whether or not the BRZ itself will get an STI variant, no word has been officially been given beyond a confirmation that more STI models overall will come into the USDM family.

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New York 2015: 2016 Lexus RX Bows http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-2016-lexus-rx-bows/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-2016-lexus-rx-bows/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 15:28:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1035201 The fourth-gen 2016 Lexus RX arrived in the spotlight at the 2015 New York Auto Show. Power for the standard RX comes via 3.5-liter direct-injection V6 delivering 300 horsepower through an eight-speed automatic, while the RX 450h uses a 3.5-liter Atkinson-cycle V6 in a hybrid setup, also putting out 300 horsepower. Styling is updated for […]

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The fourth-gen 2016 Lexus RX arrived in the spotlight at the 2015 New York Auto Show.

Power for the standard RX comes via 3.5-liter direct-injection V6 delivering 300 horsepower through an eight-speed automatic, while the RX 450h uses a 3.5-liter Atkinson-cycle V6 in a hybrid setup, also putting out 300 horsepower.

Styling is updated for 2016, with the premium crossover taking on Lexus’ Predator-esque design language. Standard 19-inch wheels with optional 20-inch aluminum wheels are available, while LED lighting flanks the front and rear.

Inside, rear occupants gain more leg and knee room, and have their choice of viewing the sky via a power panorama moonroof, or checking up on their Toyota shares via an entertainment system with a pair of 11.6-inch screens. The driver, meanwhile, has an available HUD keeping important details within sight, along with a 12.3-inch monitor with full-screen map.

Those who want more can opt for the AWD-only F Sport package, which includes 20-inch graphite-finish alloys, perforated leather trim, Sport S+ driving mode, and custom instrument cluster.

Other features include: the Lexus Safety System+ package, debuting with the RX; Michelin Premier tires; adaptive variable suspension; vehicle stability; and three driving modes — four with the aformentioned F Sport package.

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New York 2015: 2016 Infiniti QX50 Arrives http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-2016-infiniti-qx50-arrives/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-2016-infiniti-qx50-arrives/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 14:50:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1035105 Formerly known as the EX37, the 2016 Infiniti QX50 took Manhattan at the 2015 New York Auto Show. At a glance, the premium crossover looks like the outgoing model, but a closer look reveals a revised front bumper and grille, LED daytime lights, refreshed side mirrors, and a new rear. The QX50 is also longer […]

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Formerly known as the EX37, the 2016 Infiniti QX50 took Manhattan at the 2015 New York Auto Show.

At a glance, the premium crossover looks like the outgoing model, but a closer look reveals a revised front bumper and grille, LED daytime lights, refreshed side mirrors, and a new rear.

The QX50 is also longer than before, gaining 3.2 inches in the wheelbase and 4.5 inches overall for respective lengths of 113.4 inches and 186.3 inches. The increased length also lends to more interior room, jumping 8.3 cubic feet to 115.4 cubic feet inside. Rear passengers in the second row will notice the increase, thanks to a gain of 4.3 inches of legroom and 3.9 inches of rear knee room. Finally, the crossover is also higher, coming with a ground clearance of 6.9 inches for rear-driven models, 6.5 inches for the version with Intelligent All-Wheel Drive.

Power to the back or all four corners comes from a 3.7-liter V6 delivering 325 horses and 267 lb-ft of torque, paired to a seven-speed automatic. Handling is aided by independent double-wishbone front suspension and rear independent multi-link, paired with power-assisted braking, dynamic control and traction control. Available wheel sets include 18-inch 8-spoke aluminum alloys and 19-inch split 5-spoke aluminum alloys.

Other features include: Bluetooth; leather trim; heated front seats; push-button start; optional 11-speaker Bose system; blind-spot monitoring; driver’s seat memory; and Infiniti Personal Assistant, allowing drivers 24-hour access to book hotels and dinner reservations, receive directory assistance and weather forecasts, and more from a team of professional personal assistants.

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New York 2015: 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club Unveiled http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-2016-mazda-mx-5-miata-club-unveiled/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-2016-mazda-mx-5-miata-club-unveiled/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 14:15:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1035073 For those looking for a track-day special that can driven to the track, the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club just might be what you need. Performance upgrades found in the Club model include limited-slip differential, Bilstein shocks, and shock tower brace, but only if one opts for the six-speed manual. Those who choose the six-speed […]

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For those looking for a track-day special that can driven to the track, the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club just might be what you need.

Performance upgrades found in the Club model include limited-slip differential, Bilstein shocks, and shock tower brace, but only if one opts for the six-speed manual. Those who choose the six-speed auto will only have 17-inch gunmetal wheels, front air dam and rear lip spoilers going for them.

An additional package — pulling from the MX-5 Global Cup race car — adds Brembo brakes, functional side aero, and swaps the standard wheels for 17-inch black BBS forged alloys.

Other features include Mazda Connect, seatback bars, and piano black side mirrors.

Pricing and other details will arrive closer to the MX-5 Miata’s showroom debut this summer.

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New York 2015: 2016 smart fortwo Debuts In North America http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-2016-smart-fortwo-debuts-north-america/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-2016-smart-fortwo-debuts-north-america/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 13:54:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1034977 Having made its world debut last month in Geneva, the 2016 smart fortwo took the ramp in North America at the 2015 New York Auto Show. The third-gen version of the city car gets its power from a rear-mounted turbo-three putting 88 horses and 100 lb-ft of torque out of the back via either a […]

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Having made its world debut last month in Geneva, the 2016 smart fortwo took the ramp in North America at the 2015 New York Auto Show.

The third-gen version of the city car gets its power from a rear-mounted turbo-three putting 88 horses and 100 lb-ft of torque out of the back via either a five-speed manual or dual-clutch automatic. The car also gains 100mm-wider track than the outgoing model, while increased use of high-strength steel should improve occupant safety.

Pricing was not announced at this time, but the new smart fortwo is set to hit showrooms in the United States this autumn.

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New York 2015: 2016 Scion iM Debuts http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-2016-scion-im-debuts/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-2016-scion-im-debuts/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 13:37:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1034849 Coming straight from Europe, the 2016 Scion iM made its world debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show. Power for the hatch comes from a 1.8-liter four with CVVT delivering 137 horses to the front corners via a six-speed manual or CVTi-S CVT with seven-step shifting. Highway fuel economy is 37 mpg, and electronic […]

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Coming straight from Europe, the 2016 Scion iM made its world debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show.

Power for the hatch comes from a 1.8-liter four with CVVT delivering 137 horses to the front corners via a six-speed manual or CVTi-S CVT with seven-step shifting. Highway fuel economy is 37 mpg, and electronic power steering and four-wheel independent suspension with rear double-wishbone help keep the 17-inch alloys planted on the road.

Other features include: 60/40 fold-down rear seating; Pioneer Display Audio connected-vehicle system; dual-zone automatic AC; heated power-folding side-view mirrors; TRD accessorization; pet-friendly accessories; and six colors from which to choose.

Price of admission for the “mono-spec” Scion iM begins at around $20,000.

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New York 2015: 2016 Scion iA Revealed http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-2016-scion-ia-revealed/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/new-york-2015-2016-scion-ia-revealed/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 13:14:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1034729 With its angry looks and compact size, the Mazda-based 2016 Scion iA made its world debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show. Power for the compact sedan comes from a 1.5-liter four putting all 106 horses to the front through either a six-speed manual or automatic. Fuel economy figures come to 33 mpg in […]

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With its angry looks and compact size, the Mazda-based 2016 Scion iA made its world debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show.

Power for the compact sedan comes from a 1.5-liter four putting all 106 horses to the front through either a six-speed manual or automatic. Fuel economy figures come to 33 mpg in the city, 42 mpg on the highway, and 37 mpg combined. A rigid steering mount for more direct input to the driver, MacPherson struts, torsion beam rear suspension, and progressive braking keep the 16-inch alloys in control.

Other features include: Display Audio connected-vehicle system with rear camera; low-speed pre-collision with laser sensor; optional GPS and voice-recognition; and push-button start.

Price of admission begins at around $16,000 for the “mono-trim” Scion iA.

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New York 2015: 2016 Jaguar XF Arrives http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/new-york-2015-2016-jaguar-xf-arrives/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/new-york-2015-2016-jaguar-xf-arrives/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 02:22:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1034529 Fresh from its high-wire act over London, the 2016 Jaguar XF made it over the Atlantic in time for its 2015 New York Auto Show debut. Based upon Jaguar’s aluminum-intensive architecture — which reduces weight by 265 lbs over the outgoing model — the second-gen XF will come in five trims: XF Pure/ SE, XF […]

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Fresh from its high-wire act over London, the 2016 Jaguar XF made it over the Atlantic in time for its 2015 New York Auto Show debut.

Based upon Jaguar’s aluminum-intensive architecture — which reduces weight by 265 lbs over the outgoing model — the second-gen XF will come in five trims: XF Pure/ SE, XF Prestige, XF R-Sport, XF Portfolio and XF S. Power is bestowed upon the sedan via three diesel and three gasoline powerplants, though only one — a supercharged 3-liter V6 pumping between 340 and 380 horsepower to the back or all corners through an eight-speed automatic — is available for the U.S. market at this time.

Zero to 60 comes in 5.0 seconds, while adaptive suspension, brake torque vectoring, and Jaguar’s new Adaptive Surface Response system — able to determine what type of road the XF is rolling upon and acting accordingly — keep everything in line.

Other features include: Jaguar’s new InControl Touch connected-vehicle systems with customizable interface; a smartphone app to allow the owner to run diagnostics, warm up the interior, and unlock the doors; intelligent speed limiter; and adaptive LED headlamps.

The 2016 Jaguar XF is set to hit showrooms in the winter, with diesel and higher-performance options following soon after. Pricing information was not available at this time.

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New York 2015: 2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder Debuts http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/new-york-2015-2016-porsche-boxster-spyder-debuts/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/new-york-2015-2016-porsche-boxster-spyder-debuts/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 01:48:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1034433 Looking for something to drive during those hot Miami nights? The 2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder just might be what you need. Revealed ahead of the first press day of the 2015 New York Auto Show, the new Spyder gets its power from a 3.8-liter flat-six pushing 375 horses to the back through a manual transmission. […]

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Looking for something to drive during those hot Miami nights? The 2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder just might be what you need.

Revealed ahead of the first press day of the 2015 New York Auto Show, the new Spyder gets its power from a 3.8-liter flat-six pushing 375 horses to the back through a manual transmission. The engine helps the roadster head down the highway from zero to 60 in 4.3 seconds, topping out at 180 mph. Stopping is handled by brakes pulled from the 911 Carrera S parts bin, while suspension is firm with a 20mm ride height.

Other features — or lack thereof — include a manually operated top with electric clasp; a smaller steering wheel; standard radio- and AC-delete with no-cost optional audio and AC; sports seats; and optional connected-vehicle technology in the form of the automaker’s Porsche Communication Management system.

Price of admission begins at $82,100, with dealers taking orders now for delivery in October, when the first Boxster Spyders arrive in the United States from Germany.

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Toyota, Lexus Bring Low-Cost Automated Braking To Respective Ranges http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/toyota-lexus-bring-low-cost-automated-braking-to-respective-ranges/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/toyota-lexus-bring-low-cost-automated-braking-to-respective-ranges/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:00:36 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1033393 When Toyota and Lexus reveal their respective crossovers at the 2015 New York Auto Show, both will come with low-cost automated braking safety packages. The all-new RAV4 Hybrid and fourth-gen RX will offer “new, multi-feature, integrated safety packages, each anchored by automated pre-collision braking and offered at a price dramatically below comparable systems across the […]

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When Toyota and Lexus reveal their respective crossovers at the 2015 New York Auto Show, both will come with low-cost automated braking safety packages.

The all-new RAV4 Hybrid and fourth-gen RX will offer “new, multi-feature, integrated safety packages, each anchored by automated pre-collision braking and offered at a price dramatically below comparable systems across the auto industry.” According to Toyota North America CEO Jim Lentz, the packages will then spread throughout both brands’ collections, with nearly every model to have the packages by 2017.

The packages — Toyota Safety Sense and Lexus Safety System+ — offer pre-collision, pedestrian pre-collision, lane departure, automatic high beam, and dynamic radar cruise control technologies, which are handled via millimeter-wave radar and cameras. The pre-collision systems help bring a vehicle down by 19 to 25 mph within an operational speed range of 7 to 50 mph, while the dynamic radar cruise control keeps an eye on the speed of surrounding vehicles, then adjusts its vehicle’s speed accordingly.

On the Toyota side, TSS will be offered in two packages: TSS C for compacts, and TSS P for midsize and premium models. Pricing for the duo begins at $300 and $500, respectively. Lexus’ LSS+ will be a single package for all models, with pricing to range between $500 and $635.

TSS C/P will first debut on the aforementioned RAV4 Hybrid, as well as the Avalon, with three more expected later this year; LSS+ will debut with the RX and four other models over the same period.

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Edmunds: Millennials Savvier Car Shoppers Via Mobile Technology http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/edmunds-millennials-savvier-car-shoppers-via-mobile-technology/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/edmunds-millennials-savvier-car-shoppers-via-mobile-technology/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 13:00:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1032593 According to a study, Millennials not only prefer to shop for cars via mobile devices, but also at the dealership. Per Edmunds, who commissioned the study earlier this year, 73 percent of Millennials aged 18 to 34 proclaim to be more knowledgeable about the car-buying process than their parents, while over half “actively advise their […]

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According to a study, Millennials not only prefer to shop for cars via mobile devices, but also at the dealership.

Per Edmunds, who commissioned the study earlier this year, 73 percent of Millennials aged 18 to 34 proclaim to be more knowledgeable about the car-buying process than their parents, while over half “actively advise their friends and family” on the process, compared to 37 percent of older Americans.

The study says this is due to the generation’s profieciency with mobile devices in researching the vehicles of their choice prior to purchase, from reading reviews and researching prices, to tracking down models for sale. Eighty percent of Millennials were found to have used such tactics for at least one shopping task.

Meanwhile, 64 percent stated they “valued the in-dealership experience” of face-to-face interaction with dealers, and 96 percent said that it was important to test-drive a vehicle before purchase. Purchases skew towards the used market, where 78 percent of Millennials go for their purchases, 72 percent have considered EVs or hybrids, and 66 percent hope to one day own a car that does all the driving for them.

Regarding technology, while smartphone integration and Wi-Fi are important, such features rank behind price, fuel economy and performance.

The study consisted of two surveys conducted in January and March of 2015, with 1,500 and 1,000 adults between 18 and 34 years of age who made a vehicle purchase within the previous three months polled.

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